Promises and Secrets
A website for those not afraid to examine their beliefs, compare them to the real world, and make sure they fit.
Here's how the site works
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WE TAKE THIS SIDE
On subsequent pages, this box is the place where the summary of a view is presented explaining something about the topic in the FACT box in the center. Of course, not everyone claiming to be on the presented side will be represented by this view. If you want to add to the view or suggest changes, please send in your comments to:
THE REAL WORLD
This set of three side-by-side boxes will be used to identify the major viewpoints of boths sides of an issue. FACTS listed here in the center will be undisputed events, things, and information accepted by most reasonable persons, but about which there are multiple viewpoints regarding the state, origin, or meaning of the subject matter.
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Here you will find a summary of at least one (if any are submitted) of the general opposing views to the explanation presented in the box on the other side of the FACT column. Again, not all who claim to be in this camp will be represented by this view. If you want to add to the view or suggest changes, please feel free to send in your comments to:
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Watching the news the other day, it became obvious that more than half the country lets the media provide the basis for their daily decisions.
This doesn't mean just the news programs. Talk shows, commercials, decorating fashion, food choices, hair styles, clothes, movies, are all involved, but especially the news. And everything happens in the mind of the accepting public at the same time. Some people all change at the same time to the same trendy thing. Their actions resemble that of a herd of sheep, following anyone who leads them to pretty much anywhere the leader wants them to go.
The one exception to this is when the leader is Someone who all should follow but instead they reject Him because they "will not be told what to do" by some religious fanatic. Instead, they let others like pastors "tell them what to do", including telling them to follow some misty imitation of the real Him. However, we will not have to worry about this later on, as the whole concept of religion and faith is being relegated to the sidelines, quickly becoming a taboo subject outside of the church. That even means your church - no one is allowed comment on your beliefs even if they are demonstrably in error. That decision has been made for you.
Do you really make your own decisions?
Many will read this article and go away thinking, "Boy, I'm glad I'm not one of those followers. I think for myself." Then they immediately go off to vote for the latest green candidate, handicapped black gay woman, or get in their electric car to go to the anti-Trump rally with their pro-Socialist friends. While this is not wrong in itself, if you ask them why they support the things they do, they will spout some tag line from some vocal trend-setter without having a clue as to what that position entails or even what it may cost them in dollars or the direction in which it takes the country. Regarding God, many even go to church on Sunday, celebrate Easter, and disobey God without giving it another thought or even allowing discussion. It seems that it is more important to belong to the "cause" or "believe with the crowd", whatever the cause or belief is, than to think about whether it is even a good idea or if it is even based on truth.
Green is better?
For example, a member of the popular Socialist crowd is now deciding for America to force upon us the "green" plan that will eliminate airplanes and carbon-based automobiles in favor of the "bullet train" and electric cars. You will not get to decide whether to do this, you will be "shepherded" to follow the elected (or campaigning) leaders - which is already happening with the leaders of the Left.
Like Rush Limbaugh said, I want to be on the first bullet train to Hawaii. If you want to take a vacation to Hawaii, but only want to use one vacation week, the 10-day round trip just for the boat part pretty much eliminates that. In fact, the power plant for the cruise ship will likely have to be oars or batteries, so the round trip of 5000 miles will take even longer, require solar panels to recharge the batteries, and cost significantly more. The solar panels also mean that the trip will not be in winter (think clouds), when most want to go to Hawaii.
Also, when a combat situation requires dropping bombs, I guess we will build some railroad tracks to the bomb site and throw the bombs at the enemy as we speed by. Not to mention the fact that the enemy will likely fly their facilities to another location as they watch the one-time-use tracks being built.
Also, because of the horrible process of digestion that causes gas, we must eliminate all creatures that "endanger" the planet. That juicy, mouth-watering burger advertized on TV at night? Gone. Steak dinner? Nope. Milk? Not from cows. If we use goat milk, then the number of goats will expand, putting our caprine friends (goats) in the same jeopardy as our bovine (cow) atmosphere gassers.
What really should worry us is what happens when they find out that people have flatulence as well. Will we have to wear a "flat-u-meter" to make sure we don't exceed some arbitrary emissions limit? Or, will they just send us the way of the cows - except for the important people, of course? You know, like Al Gore flying around the country in his private jet to tell us how much damage jet planes are causing for the planet.
"God is who I say He is..."
As you will see in these pages, beliefs about God range from nonexistance to not caring what we do to "Only my church is the right one." Some beliefs about Him are based on the Bible, but many are made up with no foundation in the Bible, and the "trend" is to fiercely defend one's position regardless of whether there is evidence for that belief or even concrete proof against it.
Who thinks up these things?
If you agreed or disagreed with these green concepts above, did you decide for yourself by learning the facts, or did you listen to some completely illogical arguments put forth by those who want to be in the power group in charge? You know, the ones who want to confiscate all the money from those filthy rich people and give it to those "unable or unwilling to work"? Did you listen to the argument and think the thought through, or did you start chanting "No more farts! No more farts!" with the rest of the sheep - er, sorry - zombies.
When someone points out something in the Bible that shows your beliefs to be incorrect, do you investigate, or just stand firm because your pastor would never steer you wrong - even if the Bible says he is wrong?
Think, decide, then speak up
This site is full of concepts and thoughts that attempt to point out this very problem in America today. People rarely think for themselves any more. Even their moral and life decisions are left to others. Pastors, psychologists, news reporters, college professors all guide their audiences - often in the wrong directions with no sound reasoning involved. An example of this can be seen on the page at Decisions.
As the Bereans did with Paul, when you read the ideas presented on the pages of this site, don't just blow them off or even accept them without challenge or investigation. Check them out. Compare them not only to your beliefs, but to the Bible and the references given to demonstrate their accuracy. If you find something you consider an error, send in your thoughts. If you wish, they will be published in the opposing view column so that others can see the other side.
Disagree? Find an error? Contact us at email@example.com and give us your view.
This site is based on the plea of David, the author of Psalm 12.
Psalm 12 (NIV)
1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2 Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.
3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue -
4 those who say,
"By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us - who is lord over us?"
5 "Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
I will now arise," says the Lord.
"I will protect them from those who malign them."
6 And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like gold refined seven times.
7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked,
8 who freely strut about;
when what is vile is honored by the human race.
A submission from a reader:
What Got in the Way
I didn't want the what I found
Nor did I even care.
I didn't seek to understand
The what I saw in there.
No matter what it can't be true
I know 'cause I can see
Just what I want, and what I don't
And what is wrong with me.
What absolutes are promised.
That's not how I depict it.
And what my what is wanting,
would make it all conflicted.
So even though the what is there
I'd just assume it's not,
'cause if it was of consequence
I'd have to ask - then what?
-Steven Glen of Caleb and Company
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